Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7: OLED Touchscreen Convertible Excellence


Lenovo Yoga 9i

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Lenovo’s Yoga 9i (previously Yoga 900) laptops have been among the best to suggest previously because of their premium really feel and strong function units, however they’ve, in recent times, lacked a sure one thing. The MacBook Air will get by on construct high quality and excellent efficiency, HP’s Spectres are pure luxurious, and Dell’s XPS combines distinctive supplies with a contemporary design. Lenovo’s Yogas, although deserving of the excessive marks they typically obtain, are inclined to rapidly fade into the background, turning into an afterthought in a crowded subject of premium convertible laptops.

It appears Lenovo felt the identical manner when it was designing the newest Yoga 9i. Now in its seventh technology, the laptop computer was redesigned with rounded, polished edges for what Lenovo calls a “consolation design.” The smooth, enticing look alone ought to preserve the Yoga 9i related as rivals arrive all through the remainder of the yr. However there may be a lot extra to like: the Yoga 9i now sports activities Intel twelfth Gen CPUs, beautiful OLED show choices, a 1080p webcam, and among the finest touchpads outdoors of Cupertino. In the event you’re available in the market for a premium ultra-thin laptop computer, the Yoga 9i is a standout selection.

Value and configurations

As Lenovo’s flagship shopper laptop computer, the Yoga 9i will not be low-cost. The least costly mannequin I might discover proper now’s on sale for $1,229 and comes with a 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS show, an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

I’m having hassle discovering different configs obtainable on the time of writing, however Lenovo assures me that the unit I examined, which has a 2880 x 1800-pixel OLED show, a Core i7-1260P CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD can be obtainable later this month solely at Finest Purchase for $1,729. One other Finest Purchase unique with a 4K OLED show and a 1TB SSD will go for $1,929.

Rounding out the sides

Lenovo fairly actually smoothed out the sides of the Yoga 9i’s design. Exaggerated spherical edges and corners are essentially the most hanging updates to this convertible’s aluminum chassis. As trite as it’s to check something to an Apple product, I can’t assist however be reminded of the rounded edges of an iPhone X or Apple Watch, particularly with the little hole-punched grilles that act as speaker cutouts.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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There’s a sure retro-futuristic high quality concerning the new look that I like. The polished chrome provides an opulent aspect whereas the smoother entrance edge doesn’t reduce into your wrists as you kind—it’s why Lenovo calls this a “consolation design.” In any case, whereas the previous few Yogas have been uninteresting other than their mere specs bumps, the easy adjustments made to this one give it a softer, extra refined look that actually speaks to me.

It’d seem as if the Yoga 9 has a notch, however calling it that might be unfair. A tiny lip on the highest bezel homes a 1080p webcam and offers you simply sufficient house to pry the lid up along with your fingertips. It additionally rises up and away from the display screen slightly than slicing into it.

About that webcam: it’s nonetheless not nice. The colours in my graphic t-shirt have been precisely captured in a selfie I shot however there was a lot visible noise that I couldn’t inform the picture other than one taken along with your common 720p webcam.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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The Yoga 9i has the continental breakfast of I/O buffets. It’s predictably restricted however will get the job accomplished. On the left aspect are two Thunderbolt 4 inputs alongside a full USB Kind-A port; on the best aspect is a 3rd USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. That USB-A is a savior and prevented me from utilizing a dongle once I need to join my 2.4Ghz wi-fi mouse. The one main omission here’s a microSD slot, which you’ll nonetheless discover on many 14-inch laptops, together with the HP Spectre x360 14.

At 12.52 x 9.06 x 0.6 inches and three.1 kilos, the Yoga 9i is a reasonably transportable system. That got here in helpful as a result of I took a carry-on-only Frontier flight from Austin to Denver and the laptop computer barely used up a lot house in my backpack. If it had been any thicker, I may need been pressured to pay the airline’s egregious checked baggage charges.

OLED, sufficient mentioned

I solely wanted to take a look at the Yoga 9i’s spec sheet to know my retinas have been in for a delight. At any time when that four-letter acronym—O-L-E-D—seems within the “show” part, you possibly can rely on vivid colours and ideal black ranges. Certain sufficient, the Yoga 9i’s 14-inch, 2880 x 1800-pixel OLED panel is magnificent.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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The display screen gave life to each video I watched or picture I admired. Even Home windows 11 felt rejuvenated because of the splendidly vibrant colours of its redesigned icons and soothing backgrounds. Colours have been punchy, blacks have been inky, and the hovering contrasts made every part pop. I’m additionally glad that Lenovo shifted from a 16:9 to a 16:10 side ratio, a slight tweak that provides you extra vertical display screen actual property. Good for looking the net or writing up a doc.

My solely gripe, and I’m nitpicking right here, is that the display screen doesn’t get significantly vibrant. I clocked a max brightness of 318 nits (Lenovo charges it at 400 nits, apparently), which is sufficient to view the display screen beneath most lighting circumstances however, as I came upon, not excellent when the Texas solar is thrashing down on you.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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I’d most likely select this OLED show if I have been configuring a Yoga 9i, although I wouldn’t blame you for saving a buck and going with the 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS panel, which ought to allow longer battery life. In the event you’re a artistic professional needing the very best decision, Lenovo additionally provides a 4K OLED show, although these further pixels received’t be beneficiant to the battery.

Closing the storage

Current Yogas are identified for 2 standout options, solely certainly one of which made it to this newest mannequin. Returning to the Yoga 9i is the soundbar hinge, a intelligent engineering feat that provides the laptop computer 360-degree audio.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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The audio system typically sound wonderful. Tuned by Bang & Olufsen, they get extraordinarily loud and didn’t distort on the most quantity ranges. The 3W subwoofers on the perimeters of the laptop computer and twin front-facing tweeters positioned on the hinge even produced a good “thud” of bass whereas maintaining the midrange and treble clear and crisp. Nonetheless, although, advanced instrumentation can sound shrill as I realized when listening to The Killer’s “Mr. Brightside,” a track most laptops can’t appear to include.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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Sadly, the pen storage didn’t survive the redesign, so we will return to looking for stylii between sofa cushions and within the backside of backpacks. The stylus slot was a beloved add-on, however the 9i’s suite of helpful options nonetheless consists of an IR digicam, a devoted fingerprint scanner, and a sliding webcam cowl.

Huge touchpad, shallow keyboard

Talking of practicality, the Yoga 9i’s keyboard and touchpad are each fairly good. The touchpad, particularly, deserves accolades. The 5.4 x 3.2-inch floor is now 45% bigger and one of many greatest you’ll discover on a transportable laptop computer—we’re speaking nearly MacBook large. Higher but, my fingers effortlessly glided throughout its glass coating like skates on a freshly Zamboni-ed sheet of ice.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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The keyboard can be superb; its fingertip-shaped keys are adequately sized and generously spaced, a combo that made my fingers really feel proper at dwelling the second I began typing this evaluate. Sadly, below-average key journey prevents this keyboard from difficult the HP Spectre and Microsoft Floor—I discovered myself bottoming out, or hitting the deck, simply as key inputs have been registered. That didn’t gradual me down, although, and I typed at a speedy 123 phrases per minute with a 97% accuracy on a standardized on-line typing take a look at.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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On the best aspect of the keyboard is a vertical row of what Lenovo calls “1-click features.” From high to backside, these embrace an influence mode changer, a background blur button for video calls, an audio profile switcher (music, gaming, video calls), and a light-weight/darkish mode slider. I’ve combined emotions concerning the devoted keys. On one hand, it’s nice that customers could make easy adjustments to customise their expertise with out tinkering with software program. On the opposite, a few of these features—darkish/mild mode, audio profiles, battery profiles—might simply be automated. I see myself utilizing the background blur button, although I want Lenovo had included a video on/off key (there is a mute microphone key) since tapping a secret’s a lot simpler than sliding over the sticky webcam cowl.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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I’ve already mourned the lack of the stylus storage, however that dying makes manner for the Precision Pen 2, a full-size stylus with tilt assist that’s included with the Yoga 9i and will be saved in a fake leather-based sleeve—one other good accent that comes within the field. This new stylus is far more snug and succesful than the petite one that might slot inside earlier Yoga fashions. I’m certainly not an artist, however the stylus retains up with my erratic swipes and the lean perform labored as marketed.

Intel twelfth Gen P-erformance

That is the primary ultra-thin laptop computer I’ve reviewed with Intel twelfth Gen processors and the outcomes, up to now, have been constructive. My Yoga 9i is powered by an Intel Core i7-1260P processor paired with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. In the event you’re confused by that “P,” these new P-series processors are 28W processors that slot between the ultra-low-power U-series and high-performance H-series chips. You possibly can anticipate to see Intel P-series in premium compact methods just like the XPS 13.

This one within the Yoga 9i has 12 cores cut up amongst eight efficiency cores and 4 effectivity cores. It has a minimal assured energy of 20W and most turbo energy of as much as 64W. In follow, the Yoga 9i delivers significantly quicker efficiency than comparable methods operating on last-gen chips.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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On the Geekbench 5.4 general efficiency take a look at, the Yoga 9i notched a single-core rating of 1,792 and a multi-core rating of 9,516. It demolished the Samsung Galaxy E-book Professional 360 (1,468, 5,570) operating on final yr’s Core i7, and had an edge on the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED (1,349, 6,824) and its Ryzen 7 5800U CPU.

It took the Yoga 9i round 6 minutes to render a 3D picture in Blender, a activity the Razer Blade 13 wanted greater than 9 minutes to finish. The Yoga misplaced out to the ZenBook 13 OLED (5:18) however simply squeaked by with a win over the MacBook Air with M1 (6:24).

On the video encoding take a look at, the Yoga 9i took 9 minutes and a couple of seconds to transform a 4K video to 1080p. Once more, the Lenovo defeated the Galaxy E-book Professional (12:29) handily and was simply barely outpaced by the MacBook Air M1 (8:52).

I’m hopeful that Intel’s now-shipping Arc discrete graphics will ultimately discover their manner into methods just like the Yoga 9i. Till then, ultraportables will depend on Intel Iris Xe graphics, an built-in answer that received’t do a lot for players.

Simply sufficient juice

The Yoga 9i is additional proof that choosing a high-res OLED panel doesn’t essentially imply being plugged into an outlet all day. No less than, not anymore. With the display screen set to 200 nits, the system lasted for 8 hours and 41 minutes on our video playback take a look at.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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That’s a good end result if you issue within the OLED display screen, and nearly matches the Spectre x360 16 (8:48). In fact, if battery life is of utmost precedence, I like to recommend dropping right down to the 1920 x 1200-pixel IPS panel.

Must you purchase the Yoga 9i?

Lenovo Yoga 9i

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I’m asking myself the identical query as I look over at my battered Dell XPS 15. I’ll want to purchase a brand new laptop computer quickly, and my choice is one thing ultra-portable with an excellent display screen that doesn’t compromise on efficiency or battery life.

To be trustworthy, I wasn’t anticipating the Yoga 9i to be in rivalry. As talked about, the earlier variations simply didn’t maintain my consideration—there weren’t any evident flaws, however they didn’t encourage, both. And for that motive, I’ve been leaning towards an HP Spectre x360 14 or Dell XPS 13. With its refreshed design, OLED show, and quick twelfth Gen processors, the Yoga 9i Gen 7 good points the “it” issue earlier variations have been lacking.

Would I like to recommend this laptop computer to people searching for an ultra-portable journey companion? Sure, and with out hesitation. It does nearly every part proper, boasting wonderful efficiency, a shocking OLED show, a best-in-class touchpad, and highly effective audio system. I want Lenovo had squeezed in a microSD card slot, and the keyboard and battery life are solely OK, however these are minor shortcomings on a tool that does a lot proper.



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